The National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC), sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education, provides training and educational opportunities for students who participate in the federal TRIO programs, including Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science and the federal Educational Talent Search program. NSLC participants are nominated by their local TRIO leaders, based on their exceptional leadership skills and qualities.
Grand’s students were accompanied on the trip by Jami Bayles, director of the TRIO Educational Talent Search program for San Juan County, and Tamara Larsen, TRIO coordinator at Grand County High School.
During this year’s NSLC, students participated in several workshops that focused on decision-making and problem-solving. They also took part in a national service workshop and learned about different leadership styles.
Students met with congressional staff members and took part in a mock congressional hearing.
As part of the NSLC program, students are provided with opportunities to help them enter college and are given educational resources.
The federal TRIO programs include outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to information provided on the U.S. Department of Education website.